No. 5 Adelphi Edges Bentley in Northeast-10 Quarterfinals

Garden City, N.Y. Third-seeded Adelphi took on sixth-seeded Bentley (5-9) earlier this afternoon on Motamed Field in the first round of the Northeast-10 tournament. Despite the Falcons striking first in the low-scoring affair, the Panthers prevailed with a 6-4 victory. With the win, Adelphi (13-2) will advance to face the second seeded Warriors of Merrimack in the semifinals.

Nearly six minutes of scoreless action was featured in the opening period. It was not until Bentley's Brendan Grant finally broke the silence at 9:11 with the first goal of the game on an unassisted play.

The Falcons held the 1-0 advantage for nearly 15 minutes until Joe Vitale leveled the playing field with an unassisted score. Just 4:05 later, Joe Celano followed up with a goal of his own on a feed from Jeff Melsopp to take the 2-1 lead which would hold through the half.

1:20 into the third, Matt Dente knotted the game at two on a pass from Brendan Grant. The tie would last nearly seven minutes until Danny Blau, on a nice wrap around shot, gave the Panthers the lead once again at 3-2.

Eight seconds later, off of a successful face off by Greg Puskuldjian, long stick midfielder Kevin Kennedy notched his 12th goal of the season as he beat goalie Brian Karl to put the Panthers up by two.

In the fourth, Vitale and Michael Rossi completed the four-goal run with their second and first goals of the game respectively to give Adelphi their largest lead at 6-2.

In their last charge, Justin Jolmes would get two back for Bentley, but the deficit proved to be too large to come back from as the final seconds ticked away and the horn sounded in favor of Adelphi.

Eric Janssen made a career high 20 saves as he picked up his 13th win of the season and logged all 60 minutes.

The win also marks the 50th career victory for Head Coach Gordon Purdie.

The Brown and Gold return to action in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Tournament when they travel to North Andover, MA to take on #2 Merrimack on Friday, May 4 at 4:00 pm.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. Sixth-seeded Bentley hung tough to the very end, but a 4-0 Adelphi run over the third and fourth quarters was the difference as the third-seeded Panthers took a 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 championships on Tuesday.

In a dramatic reversal of the game played between these two teams on Saturday that Adelphi won by 13, Bentley was there the whole way but came up just a bit short. Their season comes to an end at 5-9, while the Panthers (13-2) advance to the semifinals where they will face second-seeded Merrimack on Friday.

Bentley outshot Adelphi by a whopping margin of 47-22, but were flustered by the efforts of senior goalie Eric Janssen, who made 20 saves. The Falcons won the ground ball battle as well, 38-24.

Senior attack Brendan Grant (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) gave Bentley a 1-0 lead at the 9:11 mark of the first quarter, and that stood up until Adelphi's senior attack Joe Vitale scored the first of his two goals on the day with just under six minutes gone in the second quarter to tie the score. The Panthers went into halftime leading 2-1 after a goal by Joe Celano with 5:11 left in the half.

Coming out of the locker rooms though, Bentley quickly tied the score on freshman Matt Dente's (Reading, Mass./Reading) third goal of the year 1:20 into the second half.

But unfortunately for the Falcons, that was their last goal for almost 24 minutes, bringing them into the later stages of the fourth quarter down 6-2. During that scoring drought, Adelphi got goals from Danny Blau and Kevin Kennedy eight seconds apart in the third quarter, and Vitale and Michael Rossi at the 5:43 and 4:30 marks of the fourth quarter.

Senior Justin Holmes (Brookfield, Conn./Berkshire School) brought Bentley to within 6-3 with 4:05 to go, and he scored again with 51 seconds left to make it 6-4, but that was the last goal of the game.


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